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Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 is the "lightest supercar ever"

Gordon Murray plans to out-McLaren McLaren with his new T.50 supercar - complete with F1-inspired aero.

Gordon Murray Automotive, the company that is helmed by the famed McLaren F1 designer, has revealed what it considers to be the spiritual successor to the F1, via technical drawings.

The mid-engine, rear-drive machine is also claimed to be “the purest, lightest, and most driver-focused supercar ever” – and also aims to have an all new V12 which is the “highest-revving engine ever used in a production car.”

Only 100 will be built in the UK, and each will cost in excess of AU$3.6 million before taxes.

The 3.9-litre V12 engine (sounding very Formula 1) will be built by Cosworth, will rev out to 12,100rpm and have power outputs of 485kW/450Nm.

Thanks to a mainly carbon-fibre construction, Gordon Murray Automotive says the T.50 will weigh just 980kg – less than a Renault Clio – or as the brand claims, “the lightest supercar ever.” Naturally, it will also have a three-seat layout, similar to the McLaren F1 which came before it.

The T.50 will be the ultimate spiritual successor to the "super GT" McLaren F1, complete with a three-seat layout. The T.50 will be the ultimate spiritual successor to the "super GT" McLaren F1, complete with a three-seat layout.

The T.50 will draw more from Gordon Murray's history than just the F1, with a 400mm ground-effect fan under the car, similar to the 1978 Brabham BT46B Formula 1 “fan car”. The fan, mounted underneath the car and using a special clutch system, sucks air from the ground, pulling the car toward the tarmac for greater traction.

The controversial BT46B F1 car only used the fan design for a short period as it was considered a threat to the competitiveness of the sport by other teams. The Brabham team only won one race – the Swedish Grand Prix – with the car before downforce-enhancing fan designs were banned from Formula 1.

The fan will be just one part of the T.50’s undercar active aero package. With all the aerodynamic features needed hiding under the vehicle, Gordon Murray Automotive says the upper body will be “free from unsightly wings, outlets, vents and bulges.”

The design firm has also forgone a complex automatic transmission, instead favouring a six-speed H-pattern manual – to focus on driver reward.

Gordon Murray himself comments that the McLaren F1 was designed as a super grand tourer, and says the T.50 will improve on this formula in every way.

The development of the T.50 is said to already be in an “advanced stage” and deliveries are expected from early 2022.

Gordon Murray's design firm has a breadth of experience, designing everything from the new TVR Griffith to the OX flat-packed all-terrain truck. Gordon Murray's design firm has a breadth of experience, designing everything from the new TVR Griffith to the OX flat-packed all-terrain truck.

Gordon Murray Design has thus far been responsible for several notable vehicles since its inception in 2007. It designed the new TVR Griffith touring car, the Yamaha MOTIV.e all-electric city car and its own OX – a rudimentary flat-packed diesel off-road truck designed mainly for Africa.

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